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School of Design

Advancing design that improves life for humankind.

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"CMU truly pushes its students to dive deep into their passions, and facilitates that through easy access to interdisciplinary opportunities."
Holly '23

College of Fine Arts

School of Design

This is where you’ll learn to design with humans in mind. As a student in the School of Design, you’ll learn the art of conceiving, planning and shaping human-centered communications, products or environments. You’ll make beautiful things that answer real needs and solve real problems. And you’ll enter a field that’s creative, collaborative and all kinds of fun.   

School of Design Majors, Minor and More

Choose the path that fits you best. Browse all current School of Design curriculums and courses.(opens in new window)


Bachelor of Design

The Bachelor of Design degree focuses on learning by doing, a balance of theory and practice, and developing your individual voice when solving problems for people. The program lets you choose among studio courses and specialize in one of three tracks:

  • Communications
  • Products 
  • Environments

For non-majors, minoring in design is a great way to diversify your studies and incorporate design skills and thinking into your overall academic experiences. 


BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts
Bachelor of Humanities and Arts
Bachelor of Science and Arts

At Carnegie Mellon, you’ll find interdisciplinary thinking woven into the curriculum of every program. But nowhere is this truer than the BXA programs, which combine different academic areas with the arts in inventive, visionary ways. Each program’s focus is unique, but any of them will give you the creative, technical, academic and practical skills you need to innovate across disciplines in ways that are all your own. 


School of Design

Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall Room 110
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 School of Design Website

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High School Course Requirements

4 years English
2 years Mathematics
2 years Science
2 years Foreign Language
6 electives

Mix It Up

You’re not just one thing. You’re a scientist. An artist. A technologist. A maker. A writer. Carnegie Mellon has been mixing it up for decades, and whatever you want to pursue, we’ve got the right mix for you.